- Reader (Physics and Astronomy)
Personal webpage: http://www.astro.gla.ac.uk/people/declan
My primary rsearch interest is in the physics of plasmas, particularly theory and numerical simulations of fluid and kinetic plasmas, and imperfectly ionised low-temperature technological plasmas.
Specific topics of interest are as follows.
Low temperature plasmas: electron avalanches, ionization waves, metastable excitation, streamer formation, surface modification
Fluid Plasmas: MHD plasma - neutral gas momentum coupling, magnetic evolution in cosmological plasmas
Ferrofluids: suspension and control of ferrofluid droplets against gravity
Solar Plasmas: solar surface flows and the interaction with magnetic elements; ionising flows and critical ionization speeds.
Relativistic Plasmas: pair plasma kinetic theory,
including Bernstein mode analysis and relativistic Landau damping; radiation coupling to, and damping of, electrostatic oscillations and waves in pulsar atmospheres;